Café II will come alive on Tuesday, December 4, when the writing talents of Asnuntuck faculty and staff combine with the musical talents of student guitar players. The semester’s final coffee house, sponsored by Asnuntuck’s nationally known poetry journal, Freshwater, will feature readings by faculty and staff, with guitar music by students from Judy Simonds’ Guitar I class.


Adjunct Instructors in English, Jessica Handly, Laura Hayden, and Elizabeth Szewczyk, and English Professor John Sheirer will read from new books and manuscripts in progress.  Jessica Handly, who is currently courting publishers with her novel "Wolfwalker,” a female-driven fantasy novel taking place in medieval Ireland, will be reading from her current manuscript, entitled Long Cove. Laura Hayden will read from her memoir, Staying Alive: A Love Story, published by Signalman Publishing. Elizabeth Szewczyk will be reading from her recently completed young adult novel manuscript, What Lives On, and will also read a holiday poem. John Sheirer is the author of several books, most recently a collection of essays on politics and current events, Tales of a Real American Liberal. He will be reading several brief selections from different books of fiction and nonfiction. Asnuntuck’s new Sociology Instructor, Laurie Chancey, who is from Louisiana, will read one of her short stories, while English Instructor Joe Finckel, Librarian Sherry Gelbwasser, and Emeritus English Professor Edwina Trentham will be reading poetry.  Judy Simonds’ Guitar I students, Matthew Candelaria, Brian Delasio, Jonathan Hinkel, Jacob Lickwar and Grace Turner, will be on hand to provide music throughout the evening.


Copies of Freshwater’s 2012 issue will be on sale, together with copies of books by Hayden, Handly, Sheirer, Szewczyk, and Trentham, and an open poetry and music mic will follow the reading.  Don’t miss this final coffee house of the season, which takes place at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, in Café II from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, with flowers and delicious refreshments to set the mood.  The coffee house is free and open to the public.   For more information, contact Edwina Trentham at 860-253-3105 or For directions, go to